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A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).  

 

I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice.  Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.  

Currently reading

Girls Night Out: Volume 2 (GNO)
'Patricia A. Wolf', 'Calinda B', 'Lila Dubois', 'C.J. Ellisson'

4 full moons - "The Vampire's Mail Order Bride" by Kristen Painter

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) - Kristen Painter

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride is much different from Kristen Painter's House of Comarre and Crescent City series books. This book falls in the genre of Paranormal Romance, and is written lighter and funnier compared to her serious dark Urban Fantasy series I'm used to reading. It still has a serious storyline to it, but it doesn't take precedence. At least to me I was not focusing on that part of the storyline. I was focusing on everything else and the interesting characters that were being introduced. It also was fascinating to be introduced to the town of Nocturne Falls, where Halloween is every day and those vampires and witches walking around putting on a show for everyone is actually real vampires and witches.

You have Delaney (which is a very pretty name) who happens to run away to Nocturne Falls to get away from her mobster boss. She ends up assuming another identity and becomes a mail order bride to a man she's only read on paper. She has no idea that Hugh is actually a 400 year old vampire, who is just trying to please his Grandmother with his Mail Order bride deal. Hugh is going to realize not everything is the same as it was before and he's going to meet his match in Delaney. Secrets will come forward and that is when the story gets really interesting.

I really enjoyed this new world that Kristen has created. I loved being introduced to other characters in Nocturne Falls and following along with the characters around town. Kristen did an amazing job on describing in detail the main characters, secondary ones, and places around town. I did get bothered by Hugh and his crazy mood swings on handling Delaney, especially with when he couldn't make up his dang mind.

The ending did tear me up a bit though with what Hugh was going to do. I thought Kristen was going to go dark at the end and was going to put me the through the ringer, but she turned it around and made it a HEA.  Thank goodness.  =)

I look forward to reading more in this new series from Kristen and I give this book 4 'amazing' stars. If you're a fan of Kristen's other series she writes with Amanda Carlson Sin City Collectors, you will enjoy this fun PNR series she's created.

Be prepared for Halloween every day in Nocturne Falls. I know my kids wished this was a real town.  =)

P.S. I love the cat in the story…Captain. If you follow Kristen on FB, you'll realize she has a love for cats and the cat reminded me of all the pictures of her adorable cats throughout the day. I'm so glad she wrote in a very lovable kitty in the story who was dear to Delaney.

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/30/arc-review-the-vampires-mail-order-bride-by-kristen-painter

5 full moons - 'Hades' by Larissa Ione

Hades: A Demonica Novella - Larissa Ione

First off, can I say how terrible I feel for both Hades and Cataclysm after reading their story. Both of these two deserved some happiness in their lives since they both are being punished for what they did in their past. Hades though has been continuously been punished by the Grim Reaper himself, Azagoth due to what he did that is unforgettable and unforgivable. (At least to Azagoth it is) Although, it is a VERY extreme punishment even in my eyes. Cataclysm on the other hand is punishing herself for what she did with Gethel. Larissa Ione does a superb job on covering what happened in both back stories of Cataclysm and Hades, and why they are where they are currently. I enjoyed every page of Hades, while reading it that I didn't want it to end.

Cat is going to find herself in even more trouble after she almost ends up having another apocalypse happening in the human realm. It was an accident though, so she will try everything to redeem herself. She ends up in the Inner Sanctum with the cocky, sexy Jailor of the Underworld who's the only one that can help Cat redeem herself. He's been a jerk to her from the get go, but Hades is going to show another side of himself that Cat is going to find even more irresistible. (He is one sexy, scary Fallen Angel that I can see why Cat can't resist him. I couldn't.)

Hades is full of everything I have come to love from Larissa Ione. You have tension, drama, romance, action, and gruesome moments within the story and Larissa's characters. She brings very descriptive details, which makes you feel you are actually watching the events unravel in front of you. Characters who you fall immediately in love with and feel emotion for whatever they go through. Seriously, the whole entire time I'm reading Cat's and Hades story I'm feeling terrible for them, which made me root for the ending so much more.

The best part of Hades was the VERY ending. How these two got together finally was EPIC! I was not expecting a certain someone to react the way he did and what he made Hades do was truly funny and astonishing.

I give this book 5 stars and look forward to reading even more from Larissa Ione. Yes…I even enjoyed the sneak peek of the next book that Larissa Ione is bringing out this year at the end of Hades.  Ahhh!!! Seriously, anything Larissa Ione brings out takes priority and this book will take priority like ALL the others.  =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/27/review-hades-by-larissaione

4 moons - "Caged in Winter" by Brighton Walsh

Caged in Winter - Brighton Walsh

Thanks to the publisher for introducing Brighton Walsh to me, I now must look into the other books Brighton Walsh has written. Caged in Winter was my first to read from her and definitely not my last. In fact, immediately after reading this book I dived into the second book in the series…but let me first review Caged in Winter.

New Adult has been a genre I've loved for a while, but I'm starting to stray away from it. Too many New Adult novels have the same storyline and same kind of characters. Fortunately, Caged in Winter doesn't follow the same kind of story like all others. In fact the characters in Caged in Winter is what kept me clicking my Kindle to keep me reading.  I loved every bit of the chemistry of Winter Jacobson and Cade Maxwell. The moment they met to the very end of the book for their HEA.  They definitely kept me intrigued for their story.

You have the most independent female character, Winter Jacobson (which I just adore her name) who can handle anything that is thrown at her. She's had a crappy life from the beginning, but that is about to change once she graduates and leaves the job that just pays the bills. Although, Cade Maxwell is going to change her life and at first she's not liking it at all. She doesn't need a knight in shining armor. She even lets him know it.

Cade Maxwell has had a rough life as well, but his life has been amazing since the moment he decided to follow his dream. He's having a hard time grasping what the future holds, especially when it means leaving his sister and niece behind, but life is going to be even more complicated once he meets Winter.

The two characters clash at first and when I mean clash…I mean full on Winter is about had it with him. Cade though is determined to win Winter over.  The poor guy had to deal with Winter's attitude for a bit, but he doesn't really realize what Winter has gone through in the past until she finally comes out and tells him.

The only thing that bothered me was how Winter kept pushing off Cade in the story. She's not open to trust people and she doesn't want to need someone, especially when she's proving she can do it all by herself.  She's one hard-headed girl, but I have to give it to her.  She's one determined girl who is trying to prove she's strong. Once you find out what has happened to her, you will realize why she's the way she is.

Cade was lovable from the beginning due to his love for his family and how he wanted to take care of Winter.  Brighton Walsh definitely combined the two characters perfectly.  The story flowed well and kept my interest.  I enjoyed the ending tremendously.  Like I said, this is not your typical New Adult.

I give this book 4 full moons and definitely look forward to reading the next book(s) in the series.  Although, I did already read the next one in the series because of finding out who gets their story next.  =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/21/review-caged-in-winter-by-brighton-walsh

4 stars - 'At the Stars' by Elisabeth Staab

At the Stars (Evergreen Grove Book 1) - Elisabeth Staab

I received the opportunity to read At the Stars early for an honest review and I definitely enjoyed every bit of Elisabeth's first New Adult novel. I look forward to reading more of this genre from her because she definitely didn't follow in the usual path of New Adult novels. We didn't have the instant love from the main characters or the controlling male character that tends to tick me off. We have the two main characters running from their past, but in different ways.

Cassie is the strong-willed, but stubborn female character who wants to leave her hometown behind. She has nothing and nobody to really to keep her in her hometown, and she just wants to leave the past behind. Especially, since she had a traumatic event that changed her life and she just wants to forget about her past and move on. Unfortunately, her car has other plans. When her car decides to call it quits, she ends up meeting a boy who helps her. Jake (the sweet, lovable, caring guy…although he probably wouldn't think he was any of these qualities) has his own past that he's running away from. He doesn't want his past to creep back up and find him, and he's determined to not really get into a relationship. All changes once he meets the girl that he saves one night. He tries everything to stay away from her, but it's kind of hard to stay away from somebody that intrigues him.

Elisabeth introduces us to two characters that have had rough lives, but in different ways. She also writes a New Adult novel that doesn't follow too many similar qualities of what other New Adult novels have right now. At the Stars will leave you in shock on what really happened in Jake's past and what happened to Cassie in her past as well. It's no happy days with these two in their past…but there is a HEA in the end of At the Stars for them. =)
There were times that Jake drove me crazy on how he handled Cassie, but after it was revealed what happened in his past I was able to understand him better. He was a pain on his secrets, but so was Cassie. Cassie was more open in the book, but she was distant at first. She's stubborn when it comes to making up her mind on what she wants to do. She's still a very strong character for what she's been through.

I really enjoyed reading At the Stars and give it four full stars. I'm counting down to the next book in the series because I really want to find out more about the secondary characters from this book.

***Before I forget….I seriously LOVE this cover! =) It fits the title and the story VERY well!!!****

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/05/review-at-the-stars-by-elisabeth-staab

3.5 stars - Garden of Dreams & Desires by Kristen Painter

Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City) - Kristen Painter

I really wish Crescent City would've been a series instead of a trilogy because I definitely wanted more of Augustine and Harlow.  I felt like I was just getting close to them and now they've been ripped from me.  =*(  I'm going to miss my sexy smoky Guardian and his adorable computer genius sidekick.

Garden of Dreams & Desires picks up where Kristen Painter left the characters off at in the previous book. Yes…I was one of those readers that didn't handle the cliffhanger well.  Seriously, how would you react to an evil spirit taking over the female lead like that?  I couldn't. I was shocked with the ending. Kristen threw me in a loop after the second book, so I was anxious to read the last book in the trilogy. Of course, Kristen has to throw in another loop with the evil spirit and what it's evil plans are. Ahhhh!!!  There's also the issue of what is happening in NOLA with the Fae and the humans.  The Guardian has his work cut out for him, especially with an important person gone missing and the Fae being held accountable for it. Augustine will do anything to find out what really happened. He gets put into situations that I'm surprised he survived in.

Let's not forget the crazy witches.  Yup… I said it the crazy witches.  They have a BIGGER plan that is going to change everything in NOLA.  The Fae and everyone that gets in the way of the witches will be in trouble. I really didn't like the witches.  Grrr!

I won't go into anymore details of the story because I'm afraid I'll give something away and I hate spoilers.

What I liked most about this book is how Harlow grew into a stronger character in this one.  Don't get me wrong, I was mad what she did in the previous book, but she made up for it in this book.  She still made iffy decisions, but she made up for it, darn it!

Augustine finally became a changed guy and realized what he wanted.  He became a stronger Guardian too in this book.  Although, he got caught up in certain things that prevented him on doing what he was supposed to.

I also enjoyed how the evil spirit was handled. I was hoping it would end the way it did.

The only things that did bother me was how fast everything went and how much was put in such a small portion.  This book could have been easily broke into two books to tell the story, but I understand why it couldn't be. I just wish I could know exactly what happened to the bad guys in the story fully. They deserved a lot more coming to them, after what they did.  Grrrr!!  I also would've loved to find out what happens to certain secondary characters.  Cy being one of them.  ****hint, hint***  =)

Thank goodness for Kristen writing another series though, after this one because her next characters should fill that gap I have of losing Augustine and Harlow so soon.  Don't get me wrong I enjoyed reading the last book in the trilogy, but I'm going to miss these characters.  I was just getting to know them.  =*(

I give this book 3.5 stars and I do recommend it to Urban Fantasy readers out there and readers that enjoyed Kristen Painter's other UF series, House of Comarre.

Although, this is not my favorite of the trilogy, I still enjoyed reading how it all ended.  Seriously...I'm really going to miss Auggie…my sexy smoky Guardian.

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/12/review-garden-of-dreams-desires-by-kristen-painter

4 stars - 'Dare to Hold' by Carly Phillips

Dare to Hold (Dare to Love) (Volume 6) - Carly Phillips

Dare to Hold is the sixth book in Carly Phillips Dare to Love series, and this reader just can't get enough of this series and the Dare family. From the moment I picked up the first book in the series, I knew I would be hooked. Oh and let's just say...I was really excited to read Scott Dare''s and Meg Thompson's HEA.  If you read the previous book you would've been introduced to Meg and Scott towards the end.
Meg is the female character who has had it rough from the beginning, due to the guys she has hooked up with in her past. She feels she'll never meet a nice guy. She's now pregnant with her ex-boyfriend's baby and she feels skeptical of what the future will hold with another man. She also wants to live her life without any help, and she'll do anything to prove it to her friends in her life. She'll even prove it to the one man who would do anything for her.
Scott Dare is what you call the gentleman of the Dare of the family. He's a police officer who has a heart of gold and doesn't like seeing anyone hurt. The minute he meets Meg, he wants to protect her from everything and anything out to get her…especially her crazy ex-boyfriend.
He knows she's pregnant and he knows it won't be easy, but he will do anything to prove to her, he's not like the other guys she's been with.

Be warned though, Scott is the alpha male in the story. He is very PROTECTIVE of who he cares for and he will resort to anything to help others. Yup….he will do anything, which means some drama comes into play other than Meg's ex-boyfriend drama.  I adored Scott every bit in the story. Meg tended to drive me batty at times with her not wanting help. I could understand why she wanted to protect herself, but darn it Scott definitely is that white knight she definitely needed.
I could go on and on about how much I loved Scott in the story, but don't want to give away all of his qualities. =)
Readers that enjoy contemporary romance books that follow a family that definitely have their own drama, but deserve every bit of happiness…this is the series for you.   Each book can be read as a standalone due to how Carly writes each book.  You won't get lost at all. I definitely recommend though, reading in order. You'll loved to follow each and every one of the Dare family members on their road to HEA. There may be even another HEA in Dare to Hold that Carly mention, which I believe this person definitely deserves just as much as happiness as everyone else does.
I give this book 4 stars and look forward to reading the next book in the series when it release late this summer. If you haven't read this series yet, you'll definitely missing out.  

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/04/27/review-dare-to-hold-by-carly-phillips

4 full moons - 'Hard to Be Good' by Laura Kaye

Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink) - Laura Kaye

Jeremy has been one of my favorite secondary characters in the Hard Ink series since he was introduced in the first book. I was really excited to read his HEA. If you read the previous book in the Hard Ink series you would've found out about Charlie and what happened to him. He's still suffering with what happened and it's taking a toll on him. He's the computer guy in the story, which means he likes to be around computers more than people, so he's doesn't know how to be open around people…even with the person who he really likes. (Seriously….I love when authors write characters that work in the IT field or are hackers…because I'm one of those people who loves working in the IT industry)  =)   And I nitpick like crazy whenever authors write about my job field or related to it…and well…Laura Kaye definitely knows the industry.  (One of the main reasons why I can't handle watching tv shows with ITs/hackers in it because they always fabricate stuff.  Grrr! But with some of the authors, including Laura Kaye…they make it very believable!)

On to other details of the story….(because I could rave about Charlie being what he is ALL day) Laura Kaye has some suspense in the story, but most of the story is Jeremy and Charlie. Charlie has his insecurities in the story due to what he fears everyone will think of his relationship with Jeremy. I will say though, Charlie and Jeremy's hookup in the story was really quick. I was hoping for some more tension with them both. The ending came quickly too, but I loved how everyone handled it. I actually wanted more of the story after it ended because it was short compared to the other books, but I know why Laura Kaye did write this novella. I needed to know Jeremy and Charlie's story. Jeremy deserved happiness and so did Charlie. I want every character to have a HEA…dang it!  

If you aren't a fan of M/M romance then I definitely believe you could skip Jeremy/Charlie's book. You could read Easy's book and go into the next full book in the series without missing out. Jeremy's brother Nick and his Special Forces team do make an appearance in Hard to Be Good, but it doesn't really touch on what they are trying to accomplish through the series. The story is mainly focused on Jeremy and Charlie.

If you are a fan of M/M, and are a fan of Jeremy's (like I am), you will enjoy reading this short novella. My only complaint is I want more of Jeremy and Charlie. Plus, I seriously love all the shirts that Jeremy wears in each of the books.  =)

(I would've had this review posted on release day, but this Book Lovin' Mama had a rough week and needed her sleep during the work week. Thank goodness for the relaxing weekend that helped with the stress of the week.)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/04/19/arc-review-hard-to-be-good-by-laura-kaye

4.5 stars - 'Deep' by Kylie Scott

Deep (Stage Dive Series Book 4) - Kylie Scott

Deep is the fourth and final book in Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series and she definitely ended the series with a bang with Ben's story. Ben is the bass player of Stage Dive, and he's known as the type that doesn't do relationships and will never really settle down. Unfortunately, his world is about to change with a one night stand.

Lizzy has been infatuated with the sexy, tall, bearded bass player since the moment she met the band, but Ben only wants to be friends. He has reasons on why he wants to be just friends and that reason is Mal. (Oh boy Mal definitely doesn't make it easy for Ben in this story) Lizzy tries everything to gain his attention, but he's been hardheaded and stubborn, until a trip to Las Vegas changes everything.

Lizzy and Ben's world is going to turn a 360 with one single test that could bring them together or separate them further. It's definitely up to them to decide which one it will. Or in the case of reading Deep, you'll realize it's actually up to the one sexy tattooed bass player to decide their future. (Ben you definitely were a jerk at times with deciding your future)

Ben is the hard-headed stubborn rockstar of Stage Dive. The man can't make decisions on what he wants really, but he definitely knows how to piss off Lizzy constantly. I felt for Lizzy in the story because here it is, she just wants his attention and to show him how much she cares about him. Unfortunately, Ben is too scared to do anything. I could've throttled the man at times for Lizzy. Lizzy had a huge support system with the other Stage Dive members and I truly enjoyed having all the rest of Stage Dive and their girls in Deep. I definitely enjoyed reading more of Mal. (He will always be a favorite of mine). He's crazy humor and downright straightforward personality makes him irresistible and SEXY! Anne is one lucy woman!

Kylie writes the story by starting off in present time and then going back to when Ben and Lizzy hooked up. This definitely made the story flow very well and I definitely wanted to find out how these two finally hooked up. Poor Lizzy though throughout the story had to deal with so much.

She even knew how to handle Ben's obnoxious crazy sister. (You'll definitely want to hurt her when she is comes forward in the story.)

 

In the end, Deep was an amazing ending to a very addicting series that I definitely plan on reading again. I'm sad that Stage Dive has come to an end, but I know Kylie is writing another series I know I will enjoy too. She's one author I automatically always buy her books because I know she'll write some addicting characters that I will adore, and unforgettable stories that will require being read again and again.

I give this book 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to readers that enjoy rock star romance books. Just be warned Mal is MINE!  Yup…he won me over since the beginning and he'll always be unforgettable. =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/04/02/review-deep-by-kylie-scott

4.5 stars - 'When It's Right' by Jennifer Ryan

When It's Right: A Montana Men Novel - Jennifer Ryan

The moment I started reading the first chapter of When It's Right, I knew this it was going to be one emotional roller coaster of a book. The first chapter alone grabbed me into the story. It also didn't help with having such a lovable male character who won me over the minute Jennifer switched to his POV. Oh…HOW I LOVE BLAKE BOWEN! He was a sweetheart cowboy the whole entire time in the book. Jennifer definitely matched the female character with the perfect Bowden man. (I'm definitely jealous.)

Gillian Tucker is the female character of the story and she hasn't had it easy at all. Again, the first chapter alone will grip you in and explain what the girl has gone through. The story digs deeper into what Gillian has been through when your reading the story. (but I won't give it away) She is one determined woman who can handle what is thrown at her. Gillian doesn't really trust easily until she meets her Grandfather and one of his co-workers at his Ranch that she is now going to be living at.

The minute Blake sees Gillian he knows he won't be able to let her go. It's an instant attraction kind of thing, but Gillian doesn't make it easy for Blake. She's had it rough. She also has been taking care not only of herself, but someone else too. Blake will do anything to win her over though. He'll even do it very slowly. He's what you will call the perfect caring gentleman.

There's going to be drama in the book that will be uncomfortable at times. Gillian is put in certain situations that definitely make it difficult to read because she's been through so much already. I wanted to go through the book and help her during those tough times. Jennifer definitely didn't make Gillian weak though. She's a fighter. She also has the biggest support system ever in this book.  It just takes her a while to realize she has people to lean on.

I will admit I teared up during certain scenes in the book, especially in one certain point that was a happy moment. Yup…tissues were needed.

I will say it again though, Jennifer wrote the two perfect people to be together. Gillian needed Blake and Blake needed Gillian. These two are my favorite so far in the Montana Men series.

I give this book 4.5 stars and look forward to reading the next in the series. This series is making me want to get a ranch out in Montana now. Maybe I can convince the hubs to move again.  =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/03/31/arc-review-when-its-right-by-jennifer-ryan

4 moons - 'Naughty King' by Michelle A. Valentine

Naughty King - Michelle A. Valentine

Prepare yourself for an ALPHA Jerk in Naughty King, when you first start reading it. The first scene alone with Alexander King aka Naughty King will have you loathing him a bit or a lot depending on how you take the scene. At least that was my first impression of him. So many titles other than Naughty King that Alexander could've been nicknamed, but his nickname definitely fit him perfectly in this installment. He has reasons why he is the way he is though.

The minute I'm introduced to his new assistant though (who he's being a jerk to by the way) Margo Buchanan, I knew I would adore her. Alexander is the one person who always gets his way, but he's met his match with his new assistant. The bad thing is Margo is supposed to be his enemy, but for some reason he can't stop thinking about her feistiness.

Let's just say Margo can put the Naughty King in his place.

I won't go into much details about Naughty King due it being short and having a cliffhanger at the end. Michelle A. Valentine did a great job on introducing the characters of the series and keeping this reader on the edge of her sit with the dominant Alexander King and feisty Margo Buchanan. Although, Alexander did piss me off at times, he was very blunt on telling it how it is.

The story includes not only drama between Margo and Alexander due to what Alexander is up as far as his company and Margo's future with her father's company, but some very HEATED moments between the two. Prepare for tension, mean & snarky comments, and lots of playtime in the bedroom with some toys. (or in the case of these two, a very interesting hotel room) That cliffhanger will leave you in a bit of shock. Definitely wasn't prepared for that kind of ending.

I give this book 4 stars and anxiously wait for the next installment. NOTE: ANXIOUSLY wait.  =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/03/28/blog-tour-naughty-king-by-michelle-a-valentine-review

4.5 moons - 'Lure' by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Lure (The Allure Chronicles Book 1) - Alyssa Rose Ivy

I dived into Lure before realizing I forgot to read the prequel to the Allure Chronicles. Once I started Lure though, there was no stopping. My husband kept saying, "Are you done, yet because you've read most of the day away?" Hahaha. My reaction was to give him the evil eye and tell him…I haven't read enough today.  =) I only get to read during the weekends and sometimes after work on the weekdays, but otherwise I devote hours to reading on the weekends.

Lure helped quench of my thirst of reading since I didn't get to read much this past week. Work was hectic, so when I got the chance to sit down I needed a book to suck me out of reality for a while and that is what Lure did.

If you've read the prequel you'll know what you are waiting for in Lure. You'll want to know how Daisy is handling what happened to her in Seduction's Kiss and if she'll ever see sexy Owen again. Well I'm here to tell you to read Lure to find out.   =)

First off, let me say there is a slight cliffhanger in Lure, so be warned before you start reading Lure. Yup…Alyssa Rose Ivy is going to put you through the ringer of Daisy heading to New Orleans to find Owen, and then the unexpected twist of the truth at the end of Lure. Actually, I should warn a few twists and turns throughout Lure because you are left in shock on what is truly happening. (I was in shock)

In the mince of finally being in NOLA, Daisy ends up meeting other paranormal creatures that have shown an interest her. She's not sure to trust them and I feel for the poor girl. She's gone through a lot and still is. All she wants to do is confront the boy that saved her and thank him and maybe more.  ;)

Alyssa Rose Ivy takes you on a ride with Daisy to find the one young man that saved her, but it won't be easy. Sit back and relax and enjoy what Alyssa is going to throw at you. I enjoyed every bit of it. I also enjoyed reading about something way different -  Allures!  =)

I give this book 4.5 stars and look forward to the next book in the series. =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/02/16/arc-review-lure-by-alyssa-rose-ivy

4 full moons - 'Seduction's Kiss' by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles) - Alyssa Rose Ivy

I read the first full book to the Allure Chronicles, Lure before reading Seduction's Kiss, so before I start my review I want to say I highly recommend reading the novella before the first book. One of the reasons why I decided to read Seduction's Kiss after reading Lure was to figure out what happened to the main characters beforehand. Alyssa Rose Ivy touches base in Lure on what happened, but I definitely enjoyed reading the prequel too.

I got to read how Daisy ended up in NOLA in the first place and what kind of dilemma she had got herself in. I got to read her reaction to finding about the paranormal world and also her first reaction to Owen. All I can say is Seduction's Kiss is the perfect prequel to going into Lure. I read it within a hour, so it's a really quick read.  Readers that are anxiously waiting for Lure after reading Seduction's Kiss. I can see why after the ending Alyssa Rose Ivy left in the prequel. Don't worry you'll be able to find out what happens very soon.  =)

Now that I've read Seduction's Kiss, I feel I understand what happened in Lure better. I wish I would've read it first, but after I started Lure I had a hard time putting it down. My husband can vouch how difficult it was (but that is my Lure review).

I won't go into discussing Seduction's Kiss since it's a short novella and don't want to give anything away. Let's just end my review with me giving it 4 stars, and highly recommending it to New Adult Paranormal readers out there. Also, make sure to read my review on Lure.  =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/02/15/review-seductions-kiss-by-alyssa-rose-ivy
Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 3) - Felicity Heaton

I'm playing catch up on Felicity Heaton's Eternal Mates series due to how fast Felicity is pushing out the books for this series. I had a really busy summer that prevented me from reading the books I wanted to read, so I'm playing catch up on one of my favorite series from Felicity. Let's just say reading them back to back is perfect to feed my addiction of this series that Felicity created.

Felicity knows how to write an amazing story with her world building and amazing characters. Tempted by a Rogue Prince is no different from her writing style, in fact she managed to give me more characters to add to my favorites to follow from her.

I have been wanting to read Vail's story since he was introduced in the first book. Poor Vail has been under the control of a witch for 42 centuries and during that time he was at war with his brother. Now he is trying to escape his past, but it's kind of hard when he was captured by demons from the fifth realm. Their king wants Vail to do something for him but Vail doesn't want someone controlling him ever again. He wants to escape and end the pain he has caused with his brother. He will need the help of other prisoners, one that he should hate due her kind, but it's kind of hard to hate her when he has feelings for her.

If you haven't read the first book in the Eternal Mates series, you will miss out on the introduction of Vail into the series. (This is why I highly recommend reading this series in order. You don't want to miss out on certain characters. Felicity has secondary characters get their books later on). But…Felicity sure does an amazing job retelling snippets of what happened in the first book with Vail and his brother in Tempted by a Rogue Prince.

Rosalind is a strong female lead in Tempted by a Rogue Prince and she is tested constantly with Vail due to his issues with witches. He has every right to have issues, but Rosalind is nothing like his captor was. She has such a soft heart and she just wants to help Vail get over his issues. Unfortunately, he is not going to let her in so easily. She has her own issue and that issue may end up being Vail. ***Broken hero…who needs a strong-willed female heroine to get him through it all….but of course there are difficulties with it.

I could go on and on, but I don't want to give anything away. I also could go on and on about how much I adored Tempted by a Rogue Prince. The only reason it's not getting a full 5 moons is because of how sometimes the story drug on in certain parts…but that didn't stop me from continuing. Let's just say the ending had me in tears during the road trip while I was reading Vail's and Rosalind's story. ***Be prepared for the tissues***

I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend it to paranormal romance readers out there. Felicity is one author who can push books out like crazy, so be prepared to be able to read stories back to back.  =)

 

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/02/10/review-tempted-by-a-rogue-prince-by-felicity-heaton

4.5 moons - Hunted by a Jaguar

Hunted by a Jaguar - Felicity E. Heaton

Felicity Heaton is always surprising me with her detailed story lines and lovable characters.  Each story keeps me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end due to the characters puts in the stories and what they have to deal with in those stories. It's no different in Hunted by a Jaguar. From the moment the characters are introduced I'm clicking furiously on my kindle to follow them through their story together. I happened to read this story on a road trip, so believe me I was reading like a mad woman while I was in the vehicle. I need to follow Kyter and Iolanthe through their unusual journey together.

First let me say I LOVED Iolanthe because she is one kickass heroine and I friggin' love kickass heroines. She holds her own throughout the story and I adored her from beginning to end, especially when I found out who is related to.  Seriously…brownie points to Iolanthe because I am in love with the person she's related to. She is stubborn though when it comes to getting help in the story, but she has every right to be. She kind of made me mad towards the end, but all was fair after she made up for it in the very end. She had her flaws, but I still love how strong she was in the story no matter if she did some crazy things.

Kyter is an unusual character, but I remember him from before. I was excited to learn more about him in Hunted by a Jaguar because he's not only Jaguar. He has a dark secret about him, and he's had nothing but a troubled life.  Poor guy. He's out for revenge in the story for what happened in his Pride, but it's kind of hard to get that revenge if someone else is looking for what you are looking for. Kyter's qualities are similar to Iolanthe on being a strong male character, but he is also very funny and devilish. Devilish…by always messing with Iolanthe's head….(flirting…etc.)

Felicity always knows how to make a story flow from the minute a reader starts reading the first page to the very last page. She puts in the right amount of action and romance to make it hard to put down. (At least that is what Hunted by a Jaguar did for me)

I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend this book to PNR lovers out there. I do recommend reading in order for this series. You don't want to miss out on the other previous stories. Kyter is mentioned before…so you know ahead of time secondary characters do get their own book later on.

I look forward to sitting down and reading the next book in the series, after my crazy work week is over with. I need my Eternal Mates fix.  =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/02/12/review-hunted-by-a-jaguar-by-felicity-heaton

4 moons - 'Hero' by Samantha Young

Hero - Samantha Young

Hero is the first book I've read from Samantha Young and I look forward to reading more books from her very soon. I have actually been meaning to read Samantha Young's books for a while, but my reading schedule has been hectic until now. I was excited to read Hero early because this type of book is one of my favorites to read. A sexy CEO who has made it even after his troubled past and the woman he tries to avoid but can't. The woman also has a trouble past, but she is determined to make it and she's also determined to help the CEO with his past.

Samantha Young had me continuously turning the pages from the minute I started reading Hero due to how the characters met in person. I swear I was on the edge of my seat because once the two characters met, I knew it was going to be a tension filled book.  The synopsis covers a little bit about what is expected, but in the story you go through a world wind of crazy tension (horrid and sexual) between the characters. Be prepared for lots and lots of tension…and of course lots and lots of sexual moments that are VERY heated.  (Is it getting hot in here?)

Caine Carraway had a rough life due to what happened to his parents and what ended up to him, but he made it through. Unfortunately, he holds a grudge against the person who put him in that predicament, when he was younger. Now, he's going to face off with the daughter of the man who ruined his life and he's going to make her pay for what her father did. Although, Alexa has her own hatred for her father and what he did, but it won't stop her from making things right. She is about to work for Caine and he's going to be difficult to her. VERY difficult….but Alexa is going to challenge him as well.  =)

Hero is all in Alexa's point of view, which I wish I could've been in Caine's head for a little bit during the story. I would have loved to read his point of view of what was happening, especially with the one secret that was revealed towards the end.

The only thing that really bothered me was Alexa letting everyone walk over her, especially her family. She just wants to feel loved and wanted and she couldn't even get that with her family. The ending of what happened irked me a bit with her family too…but the ending with her and Caine was amazing. Those two needed happiness.

This is a standalone, so there is no cliffhanger at the end or anything. I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy the contemporary erotic romance genre. Readers that enjoy reading books with sexy damaged CEOs in them, and a female character who is willing to do anything to fix the damaged CEO while fixing herself.

I give this book 4 full moons and look forward to reading again and again in the near future.

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/02/03/arc-review-hero-by-samantha-young

4 moons - City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter

City of Eternal Night (Crescent City) - Kristen Painter

Kristen Painter pulled in a lot of twists and turns in the second book in her Crescent City series. I was not expecting City of Eternal Night to lead up to that kind of ending and several moments of twists throughout the story. I think I'm still in shock over that ending. (Let me regroup for a minute)………………...

 

Things that I loved in City of Eternal Night:

I am in love with Augustine. There is no double about it, I am love with Augustine. He has changed in City of Eternal Night due to him becoming the guardian of the city. He has a lot of responsibility now and he also has changed from player boy to having his eyes on one certain person…Harlow. Although, in this book Auggie is hiding some major secrets from Harlow, so he not ready to admit his true feelings to Harlow until he can be more open. In fact, one of the secrets involves Harlow's mother. Harlow may not forgive him for his secret.

I loved the world building in this book due to how Kristen introduces more supernaturals into the story. These supernaturals all despise one another, especially the witches vs. Fae. The witches want to take over NOLA and they will do anything to gain that power. The witches have their own enemy they are dealing with in this book. The voodoo practitioners will do anything to prove they are not be messed with. It's a world-wind of crazy power happening in NOLA.

I did enjoy Harlow's character in the beginning of the book because she is opening up to being Fae now and she is more determined to learn how to fight for herself. Unfortunately, I had issues with her towards a certain incident she did. She did something very crazy and it left me in shock on why she would even trust this certain someone. Ugh!

 

The one thing that did bother me in City of Eternal Night was Harlow and her crazy irrational decision that I mentioned just a moment ago. Oh…Harlow, honey you should've just listened to Lally.  I was seriously in shock over her 360 decision she made without consulting someone else first. I thought it went to quick for her to make the decision. I also didn't like the certain someone she helped. Ugh! But I know, this character had to come forward in the story, I just wasn't too prepared for it to happen. I was hoping Harlow would get some help in the matter.

I'm a very curious on where Kristen Painter is going to take the story next because that cliffhanger was a shocker. I was not expecting this story to go the way it did. I enjoyed every bit of characterization and world-building in this book. I have no idea how Kristen Painter keeps up with all the details, but she is a master at it. She makes every one of her characters interesting and unforgettable. I'm still thinking about every one of the characters and that ending. I need to know what happens next.

I give this book 4 stars and highly recommend this book to Urban Fantasy readers out there. Readers that have read Kristen's House of Comarre will recognize some other characters to show up in City of Eternal Night.  =)

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2015/01/19/review-city-of-eternal-night-by-kristen-painter